Duke senior forward Amile Jefferson will be out indefinitely after suffering a right foot injury, the school announced on Monday.
“This injury is unfortunate, to say the least, but Amile is strong in both person and character,” Mike Krzyzewski said Monday. “He will continue to be an integral part of this team, and we will support him fully as he rehabs this foot injury.”
This is a bummer for Jefferson, especially considering the impact of foot injuries on basketball players, and a huge set back for Duke as the team prepares to enter ACC play. Jefferson is the team’s most reliable starting big, a senior on a team that relies heavily on freshman on sophomores and an important piece to the Blue Devils’ chemistry as a two-time team captain.
Jefferson’s also averaging a double-double (11.4 points, 10.3 rebounds) and has been playing more minutes than any other big man on the roster. His absence leaves Marshall Plume as the only senior on the roster and likely moves freshman big man Chase Jeter (currently averaging around 8 minutes per game) into a position of great opportunity moving forward.
No. 7 Duke will be back in action on Tuesday night against Georgia Southern.